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Bridgette's Story...

I was diagnosed (by an endo. Dr.) with Steroid-Induced Cushing's Syndrome after receiving 3 steroid shots (at a Pain Management Clinic) in my neck and in the back of my head for severe pain.

I weighed between 90-95 lbs prior to the shots and within one month I ballooned out to 130lbs. Other symptoms are depression, pain in my lower back, calves, feet, achilis tendon, and thighs (especially when walking up stairs). Initially, my gait was off and I had to receive help walking. I am also lethargic and have difficulty doing just about anything. When I first saw the endo. he looked at me and told me that I have cushings.

I have all the classic physical features aside from the buffalo hump and straie. After taking my blood however, my cortisol levels came back very low. He continues to state that I have cushings but also says that I am suffering from adrenal insufficiency. He said it is not Addison's. He put me on Prednisone, but I gained even more weight. Now he is treating me with hydrocortisone 10 mg. I am truly confused.

I don't know why I am being treated with steroids when he stated that steroids caused my condition. If there is anyone out there who has had a similar experience and has some ideas I would be grateful to hear from you.

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